Projections of events and propositions in Japanese

A case study of Koto-nominalized clauses in causal relations

Yurie Hara, Youngju Kim, Hiromu Sakai, Sanae Tamura

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Abstract

This paper proposes a syntax and semantics of nominalized clauses headed by koto in Japanese. We argue that the koto-nominalized clause can denote either a concrete event or an abstract proposition. Koto serves as a maximality operator for clauses as well as NPs. The sentential koto is syntactically ambiguous depending on the structure with which koto merges. Finally, our analysis also has a strong implication for the linguistic distinction between physical causation and causal judgment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-288
Number of pages27
JournalLingua
Volume133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Causation
  • Event semantics
  • Kind
  • Maximality
  • Nominalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Projections of events and propositions in Japanese : A case study of Koto-nominalized clauses in causal relations. / Hara, Yurie; Kim, Youngju; Sakai, Hiromu; Tamura, Sanae.

In: Lingua, Vol. 133, 2013, p. 262-288.

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